Gabby's World, Yowler
2477 18th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Gabby’s World is the music and lyrical world-building project of Gabrielle Smith. Smithbegan making music in 2007, constructing songs and ambient soundscapes out ofexperimental aural building blocks. Over the years, Smith’s songwriting has matured,focusing in on her interest in folk melodic and lyrical traditions while also developing akeen pop sensibility. The resulting music, showcased in albums like 2015’s O.K.,carefully treads the dynamic lines between expansiveness and intimacy, with a sounddefined by emotional urgency and upbeat pop danceability. Lyrically, Smith's songs arebaroque, drawing from themes more in line with the romantic poets than withcontemporary pop songwriters. Smith’s newest musical pseudonym Gabby’s Worldemerges after an extended hiatus and hibernation period in which Smith reevaluatedmany of her values and ideas about art. Beast on Beast, the first album under the nameGabby’s World, deepens and complicates the stakes of Smith’s work even further, andwill be released in late 2018.Beast on Beast was recorded live in summer 2017 at Gravesend Studios in Brooklyn,the studio space in the since closed Silent Barn DIY venue. Engineered and mixed byCarlos Hernandez and Julian Fader of the Brooklyn art-rock band Ava Luna, the albumcaptures the energetic live sound Smith has honed over the years with her band, agroup of three accomplished songwriters of their own right: Oliver Kalb of Bellows, FelixWalworth of Told Slant, and Jack Greenleaf of Sharpless. The album showcases theenergy and musical communication of the live band while simultaneously showcasingSmith's skill as a string and harmony arranger, featuring layered and complex violinsections and choral harmony singing that evoke a full orchestra underlining andbolstering the band's kinetic immediacy. Smith and Kalb produced the album over thecourse of fall 2017, adding layers of guitar noise and vocal harmonies, string and choralarrangements, and many musical contributions from friends, including Yoni Wolf ofWHY?, Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos, Luke Jenner of The Rapture, and Alex Bleekerof Real Estate.
Yowler is centered around the songwriting of Maryn Jones, who comes from many places but currently lives in Columbus, Ohio. While spending most of her time fronting the energetic and pop-driven rock outfit All Dogs and touring as a multi-instrumentalist in the indie/psych-folk collective Saintseneca, Jones uses Yowler as an outlet to write and record songs from home in the quieter, more solitary parts of the year. Her debut effort, The Offer, was released in March of 2015 on Brooklyn-based label Double Double Whammy. On The Offer, Jones uses distant sounding guitars, heavily effected synths, and bell-like vocals layered with wispy harmonies to paint a picture of a vast somberness and self-reflection. The song are below-the-surface ruminations about the things we don't always know how to talk about to each other.
Emperor Plum is the dream pop project of Kenza S, Lillian Hunter, and Nikhil Rao. The three DC residents formed the band after a chance encounter on a swampy summer night. With backgrounds in indie-pop, shoegaze, and post-punk, the trio channels vintage soundscapes, earnest melodies, and intimate vocal performances that evoke feelings of an unknown nostalgia. Following their recently released demos “Why’s Your Body” and “Eyes & Lungs,” Emperor Plum will drop their first full length album, Elderly Youth, in spring of next year.